Our frontline partner for Team Mexico is Casa Alianza Mexico (CAM). For over 25 years, CAM has provided care and protection for boys and girls who have experienced extraordinary trauma, including abuse, neglect, violence, abandonment, addiction to harmful substances, sexual exploitation, and human trafficking. Many of these children end up on the streets of Mexico City.
In Mexico City alone, approximately 1,900,000 children and teenagers are the victims of abuse, violence and abandonment are forced to live on the streets.
- An average of 8 kids are killed on a daily basis.
- The precarious living standards of many children in Mexico force them to try and travel on their own to find new opportunities, most often in the United States.
- One in 5 teenagers in Mexico does not have the personal or familial income to purchase enough to eat.
- More than 3 million teenagers, between the ages of 12 and 17, are not enrolled in formal education.
- Over the recent past, there has been a significantly increased incidence of sexual abuse, violent acts, torture and murders of women and girls.
Casa Alianza Mexico has six residential centers. There is no maximum or minimum time frame that a boy or girl will spend in each of the residential centers, but rather the staff at Casa Alianza Mexico consistently evaluate each child’s progress in achieving their Life Plans, in order to decide when it is advisable to advance to the next level.
Casa Alianza Mexico also has a residential center for young mothers between 12 and 22 years of age. And the last residential center opened las year for unaccompanied migrants boys between 12 and 18 years of age.
- Casa Alianza Mexico is recognized as a leader in advocating for the passage of new legislation regarding trafficking, migration and child refugees.
- Casa Alianza Mexico has been given the special status of official “Migratory Station” by the Mexican Government Institute of Immigration.
- In May 2011, National Director Sofía Almazán participated in an official visit to the US for a meeting organized by the US State Department, concerning the issue of trafficking. Mexican legislators, prosecutors and judicial authorities also participated in the meeting.
- For over a decade Casa Alianza Mexico has spearheaded the movement to get rid of the stigmatizing term ‘street children’ in Mexico.
- Casa Alianza Mexico is currently advocating for the creation of a new protocol for the treatment of youth addicted to inhalants.